Key points in the genetically modified food debate
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to securing a massive free trade agreement between the United States and Europe is a sharp disagreement on genetically modified foods.
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#1 Aug 2, 2013
Much of the corn, soybean, sugar beets and cotton cultivated in the United States today contains plants whose DNA was manipulated in labs to resist disease and drought, ward off insects and boost the food supply. Though common in the U.S., they are largely banned in the 28-nation European Union.
The U.S is pressing for the restrictions on importing genetically modified food to be eased but there is no sign that the EU's firm opposition is softening.
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